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Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the ongoing threat from Tropical Storm Nicholas.

As of this afternoon Nicholas is moving slowly over Louisiana. It is expected to stall here and dissipate, however the National Weather service maintains that we will continue to see precipitation through the weekend. The heaviest amounts of rain have shifted to the portion of SE Louisiana that was hit by Hurricane Ida.

State offices will be closed in 38 parishes tomorrow including Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Rapides and Vernon.

Both Gov. Edwards and Dr. Joseph Kanter ask residents to avoid travel during this time as much as possible. Should you have to drive, please watch for water over the road and road closures. Do not go around barriers.

If you are evacuated from Hurricane Ida, are on Medicare and need prescription refills, the nation has opened the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program and refills can be obtained anywhere in the United States free of charge. Call 1-855-793-7470 for more information.

Region 5 COVID testing and vaccinations will be closed tomorrow – that is the Calcasieu Parish/Beauregard Parish area.

Lastly, there have been more expansions in the monoclonal antibodies treatment locations, with more to come: yesterday they opened locations in Rayne and at Byrd Hospital in Leesville, LA, today, Rapides Coliseum. Wednesday a location will open in Clinton, LA, and on Thursday at the Lake Charles Coliseum. If you are diagnosed as COVID positive, the first thing you should do is call your doctor about the monoclonal antibody treatment.

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